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Just In Time For The Holidays

This is an exciting day. My latest book is now available through Amazon.com. Strictly speaking, it is my first and only book, but that also makes it my latest. It is available on Kindle now. Within a week it will also be available in paperback. It will make a great stocking stuffer for everyone you know. Except me, of course. I already have a copy. This book is a bit seasonal so help me by spreading the word for this Christmas season. Although the title is specific to Christmas, there…

Zen and the Art of the Christmas Letter

We are finally there. In just a few weeks, the eagerly anticipated* book, “Zen and the Art of the Christmas Letter” will arrive. I am sending out a handful of copies to lucky individuals who will provide some last-minute feedback. In the meantime, here are a few comments from early reviewers. EARLY REVIEWS for  “Zen and the Art of the Christmas Letter” “This is a book that I wish I could have written. It captures the spirit of Christmas much better than I managed.” – Charles Dickens “I envy the…

My Complete Title

Although I came to the “Game of Thrones” scene late, a quick summer of binge-watching got me up to speed. It was at that point that I decided that it would be appropriate to have my own list of titles for one of my underlings to rattle off as I enter the hall. As a result, from this point forward you shall refer to me in the following manner… Charles Storla of the House Storla, the Second of His Name, The Sunburnt, Duke of Earl, the Average and the First Mean, King of Vinland,…

Recent Reading

Books and other material worth picking up.   The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Feb, 2017 Until this month I had never read “The Handmaid’s Tale”. My daughter left her copy at home and I picked it up to have something to read. I had also seen the trailer for an upcoming HULU movie based on the book and wanted to read the book before seeing their version. Having read several of the old classics (“1984”, “Brave New World”, “Fahrenheit 451”, …)and at least one of the YA updates (“The Hunger Games”,…

Laugh and the World Laughs With You.

Cry and you are just a pain in the butt to be around. This website (chuckstorla.com) is primarily for me to post opinions, rants and miscellaneous essays that will make the world a better place.1)They will make the world a better place at a minimum by allowing me to vent about annoyances and then calm down. I also occasionally update two sites that exist just so that I can give a chuckle to two or three of my friends.2)Two or three friends also describes the total readership of said sites. The…

Useful Tools

Personal recommendations for applications, devices, … [under consruction] Most cost-effective computer I own? A Mac If you are a diehard Windows fan then skip this paragraph. If you have an open mind and want the most effective computer to get some work done then get a Mac. I have used Windows in all of its various forms since the earliest days and still use Windows for some work and a few games. Ten years ago I purchased my first Macbook and since then my primary machine has been an Apple. The…

My Year of Living Biblically – book review

The second book on my recommended list is My Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs. If you are the sort of person that takes yourself and your beliefs too seriously, then you will not like this book. That applies to people who are extremely fundamental in their Christianity as well as those who are extremely fundamental in their atheism. This is a funny book with many moments of humor and clever bits of writing, but it is not just a funny book. There is a very serious side…

Get Low – Movie Review

In an earlier post, I told you that I would be making some book recommendations. These recommendations are not necessarily for recent books, but all of them will be books that I have read and strongly endorse. As I mentioned there, this is in keeping with my motto, “It’s not for me. It’s all for you.” I was looking at a list of movies today and decided that I would add a movie recommendation to this site as well. I have no criteria other than I will only write about movies that…